Halima Nakaayi


Uganda finished ninth overall out of the forty-three nations at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships that ended on Sunday 6 October in Doha, Qatar with two gold medals.

The first gold medal came in women’s 800m race when Halimah Nakaayi clocked a time of 1:58.04, a national record. Afterwards, Joshua Cheptegei won the last event of the World Athletics Championships, taking gold in the 10,000m race with 26:48.36.

Kenya finished second overall behind the United States of America at the 2019 World Athletics Championships with a total of 11 medals; five goals, two silver and four bronze. USA topped with 29 medals in total.

Jamaica finished third with 12 medals of three gold medals, five silver and four bronze. Ethiopia finished fifth with a total of eight medals of two gold, five silver and one bronze.

A total of 1,972 athletes from 208 countries and territories competed in the championships, which were being staged in the Middle East for the first time.

9 African countries made it to the medals table amassing a total of 27 medals where Burkina Faso also won its first ever medal at the World Athletics Championships.

Ethiopia’s 5000m silver medallist Selemon Barega became one of the first athletes born this century to win a senior global medal.

The 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships was the seventeenth edition of the biennial, global athletics competition organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

There were 43 track and field events, 4 racewalking events, and 2 marathon road running events.

The 2021 edition of the championships will be held in Eugene, Oregon.